Heart of England match report - 1 Coventry

The 2022 Heart of England kicked off with a steady start for the Harriers, with an overall 5th place indicating there will be work to do, especially with the home match in Mid-June at Kettering if the Harriers are to retain their Div1 status. The main issue especially for a club the size of Kettering is to ensure all events ‘A’ & ‘B’ are filled to prevent point haemorrhaging, and this is something that will be the focus for the upcoming events.


The event was held in beautiful conditions with warm spring sunshine, but sadly there were ongoing delays to the running programme which mean the cancelling of the relays due to a 1 hour 40 mins delay, which caused additional issues for the athletes preparing for their events.     


Despite these setbacks and the overall modest finishing place, there were some outstanding performances on the day, with two maximum points hauls in both the A & B races for the U13G 800m & the U17/U20M 800m.


In the U13G 800m Jess Lamb set off in a determined fashion totally dominating the race from start to finish, to record a brilliant season opening time of 2:28.49 to sit in the UK top 15, and clearly there will be more to come for the top year U13. Finishing in second place, and winning the ‘B’ race, Bottom year U13 Tiggy Guthrie-Brown also ran a superb race to finish in a season opening 2:38.72. Also gaining good points in the 800m was U15 Chelsie Locker with a second place in the ‘A’ race, matched by older sibling U20- Demi Locker who also finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race with 2:21.04.


Jess Lamb dominanat display of front running in the U13G 800m


The U17/U20M also earned maximum points with a terrific win in the ‘A’ race for Lucas Rogers, who also took out the race from the start to finish in a new 10 second PB with 2:04.44. Ben Brooker won the ‘B’ race with ease, to win by almost 100m in 2:02.93 and match his season opener set 2 week earlier.  


Lucas Rogers fine win and a a 10 second PB in the U17/U20M 800m


Other events giving a good point return were the U13B 1500m, with Harlee Hooker slicing 8 seconds off his PB to finish second in the ‘A’ race in 5:08.72, closing down the leader all the way to the line. Rafferty Davey won the ‘B’ race with ease to smash is PB by 12 seconds with a fine run in 5:10.79. There was further success over 1500m with Bottom year U15 Zachary Scott dipping below 5:00 mins for the first time with a 7 second PB to finish in second place in the ‘B’ race with 4:58.1. U15 Evie Brooker won the U15G ‘B’ race with ease with a fine run in 5:27.62.


Rafferty Davey won the U13B 1500m 'B' race in a fine new PB


The Longer sprints also produced some excellent wins with Alice Bennett complete blowing away the competition in the U17 300m with 41.5, a 2 second PB, with Lara Turner also running a fine race to finish second in the ‘B’ race in 44.00. In the U15’s 300m Jemima Davey secured a win with her first ever 300m with 44.40 while Maggie Gancheva finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race with a new PB in 44.70. The U17/U20M also secured good point in the 400m, with Dylan White making his debut in the event won the ‘B’ race with 54.5.


Dylan White making his 400m debut with a fine win in the 'B' race


In the U17/U20 sprints, Jasmine Anderson & Sonal Rathod both finished in second place with Anderson setting a 13.6 in the ‘A’ race & Rathod 13.9 in the ‘B’ race. In the 200m William Rawcliffe also bagged a fine 2nd place in the U17/U20M ‘B’ race in 24.39.


In the U11 AG Sophie Burns returned good points with a fine win in the ‘A’ 75m race in 11.4, and also a  2nd place in the ‘B’ 600m with a new PB of 2:03.90, in a race where Bella Lamb went under 2:00 mins for the first time to with the ‘A’ race in a 6 second PB of 1:58.24.


Bella Lamb with a first sub 2:00 600m clocking winning the 'A' race


Well done to everyone who competed on the day.


The Harriers now enjoyed a short 2 day break before many were competing at the Kettering Spring May Day Bank Holiday open!